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GGYC (BMW Oracle) have gone back to Court to complain about SNG (Alinghi) cutting secret deals with ISAF. "Well, you would, wouldn't you?" Can't say I blame them.

On a more positive note, Hong Kong's name is still in the hat when it comes to the recently-announced Louis Vuitton World Series. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has put in a HK$10m application to the HK Government Mega-Fund - it just remains to be seen whether the decision-makers have enough imagination to understand that a Louis Vuitton World Series event in Hong Kong harbour is likely to generate a great deal more international interest and exposure than a Div 3 wushu match in Yuen Long Town Hall (Where? Exactly!)

There's a weekend coming up, so do yourself a favour and go sailing - you know it makes sense!

Guy Nowell
Editor, Sail-World Asia



Racing in Boracay alive and well - report
Sail-World Asia,
There has been a change of guard at the Manila Yacht Club – some members were ‘required to leave', and the remainder don't seem to be interested in yacht racing. All the racing boats have moved themselves off to Subic Bay, where the weekend races now regularly see as many as 15 boats on the start line.... [more]
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China Coast Race Week 2009 - entry list is open
RHKYC Media,
Entries are invited for Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's (RHKYC) China Coast Race Week, which will run from 14th to 25th October this year. Conditions in Hong Kong at this time of year are ideal for ‘big-boat' racing, usually bright and clear and with winds in the 15 to 20kts range - t-shirts and shorts all the way.... [more]
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Discovery Bay Asian Open Regatta NOR
Lantau Boat Club,
Notice of Race: The Organising Authority is the Lantau Boat Club, which is affiliated to the Hong Kong Sailing Federation (HKSF). The Lantau Boat Club has constituted a Racing Committee to oversee the event.... [more]
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Royal Phuket Marina appoints new Sales Director
Royal Phuket Marina,
British sales & marketing specialist Lyndon Phillips has been appointed Sales Director of Royal Phuket Marina, Thailand's premier world-class luxury marina.... [more]
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Thai Platu Nationals promise fireworks
Ferret News,
The 2008 Platu Series Champion and 2009 Platu Open Champion (Scott Duncanson), the 2008 National Platu Champion (Rolf Heemskerk) and the 2009 Coronation Cup holder (Ray Roberts), wil face off against each other at the final of the Raimon Land One Design Platu Championship of Thailand in Pattaya.... [more]
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Quantum Sails aims for bigger market share
Tom Pierce,
Last month well known Australian sailing industry professional Carl Crafoord joined forces with Quantum Sail Design Group to deliver an expanded Quantum Sails presence in Australia and Asia. Now he explains the Quantum Difference.... [more]
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Will America's Cup legal disputes ever end?
Eric Sharp, Freep.com,
If you're a law student and wondering what would be a lucrative field to enter, give serious consideration to becoming a lawyer for the Swiss or American teams fighting over the rules for the next America's Cup. It's looking like this dispute will carry you into retirement.... [more]
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St Mortiz Match Race - Strong day for Williams and Gilmour
MaxComm,
St Mortiz Match Race. After a short delay for the weather to improve the Race Committee got racing under way just after lunchtime and benefited from a good breeze – although quite shifty and not as strong as yesterday – to complete eight flights. Altogether the twelve teams racing in St. Moritz Match race have finished 18 flights in two days out of the 22 required to complete the Round Robin.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup - Meet the Irish Teams
Media Pro Int'l,
The luck of the Irish will play a big part in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, September 15-19, since not one but two teams from Ireland will be competing. For the chance of winning bragging rights and a new trophy, members of Ireland's Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC), the world's oldest yacht club, founded in 1720 and the Royal St. George Yacht Club will each field a team of amateur sailors... [more]
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Louis Vuitton announce a World first Series
Richard Gladwell,
Louis Vuitton have announced that the first World Series, modeled on the highly successful Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will take place in 2010 The event to be known as the Louis Vuitton World Series will be undertaken in association with a new professional sailing group the World Sailing Team Association (WSTA). This group comprises eight teams, with others expected to join the powerful group... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Will Boies get a foot in the door?
Richard Gladwell,
The venue of the 33rd America's Cup is expected to be another target for Golden Gate YC's newly hired legal 'Top Gun', David Boies, and legal friends. Under the Deed of Gift for the America's Cup, which is the governing document for this Multihull Match, the Challenger (Golden Gate YC) gets to nominate the time of the Match and the size of yacht, while the Defender (Societe Nautique de Geneve)... [more]
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Double Delight As Oman Dominates In Germany
Oman Sail Media,
An action packed three days came to an end with a nail biting finish as both Oman Sail boats tied for first place. No one could have scripted the final races of the Kiel leg of the iShares Cup in Germany with so much action, tension and suspense. As the first races started, Masirah's overnight lead started to be reduced as they scored an unprecedented seventh place in the first race as a result of... [more]
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18' Skiff International Regatta - Spectacular racing guaranteed
Rich Roberts,
18' Skiff International Regatta - 18s' 8th annual thrill show under way on the Bay. The diverse Bay sailing scene has shifted over the last couple of days from a splash and crash 505 dinghy Worlds last week to a wooden boat regatta Sunday and now to perhaps the wildest exhibition of racing on the edge: the eighth annual 18' Skiff International Regatta Monday through Friday.... [more]
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iShares Cup - Nail biting finish to round
iShares Cup media,
iShares Cup Kiel. Last off the start line, their Oman Sail stablemate Renaissance, the only ones who could snatch victory, got a strong start to be third at the first race mark with Masirah ninth... [more]
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Archambault Alegria wins another Audi - 2009 IRC Australian Title
Rob Kothe,
Sailing his Archambault 40RC to a last race win and overall victory in the final round in the Australian IRC Championship, Audi Race Week at Hamilton Island, delivers a second luxury Audi automobile to Queensland sailor Rod Jones. Jones will claim the Perpetual Trophy designed by John Woulfe and the major prize of an Audi A6 allroad Quattro valued at AUD$115,000. The inaugural winner of the... [more]
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